Despite whatever actual record of Le Corbusier’s involvement in the city, Chandigarh belongs to him. Most people I have met, architect or not, must tell me, with (usually) pride or (once) disdain, that “this city was designed by a Frenchman….Le Corbusier.”
Le Corbusier designed the master plan, gave an edict for its realization and operation, and designed the Capitol Complex at the head of the city, as well as a handful of institutional buildings in the city (Colleges of Architecture & Art, City Museum, & (sort of) the imported City Archive…others? What am I missing?)
He is also responsible for the hierarchic road system, which contains 7 layers, or V’s.
V1: national highway: coming in and out of Chandigarh, fastest traffic
V2: main roads in Chandigarh: Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg, a lot of fast traffic
V3: roads between sectors, fast traffic
V4: east west roads through the middle of sectors: shops and residences, slower traffic
V5: main loop road within sector, slow traffic
V6: roads leading to houses, slowest traffic
V7: pedestrian paths, blocked by walk-though gates and turnstiles to every other form of traffic
Below are images of Corbusier’s buildings…the famous monuments of Chandigarh…all most definitely worth seeing in person.